Lincoln Cent G-VG 1909-S VDB

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    Introduced in 1909, the Lincoln Cent marked a pivotal moment in American numismatics. It was the first U.S. coin to feature a real person's portrait, that of President Abraham Lincoln, symbolizing a break from traditional allegorical figures and honoring one of the nation's most revered leaders.

    The coin’s design, crafted by Victor David Brenner, features a distinguished portrait of Lincoln on the obverse, surrounded by the inscriptions “IN GOD WE TRUST,” “LIBERTY,” and the minting year. The 1909-S VDB variant, minted at the San Francisco Mint, is particularly notable for the inclusion of Brenner's initials, 'VDB,' prominently placed on the reverse. This design choice stirred controversy, leading to the removal of the initials in subsequent mintings and making the 1909-S VDB version immensely sought after.

    The 1909-S VDB Lincoln Cent's mintage was relatively low, especially compared to other variants in the series, making it one of the most coveted coins for collectors. Only 484,000 pieces were struck, a fraction of the production numbers for other Lincoln Cents. This rarity, combined with its historical significance, has cemented the 1909-S VDB Lincoln Cent as a cornerstone of American coin collecting.

    In Good to Very Good condition, the 1909-S VDB Lincoln Cent is a study in survival and endurance. The coin shows wear consistent with age and use but retains the essential elements that make it so desirable. On the obverse, Lincoln's profile is clear, with wear most noticeable on the higher relief areas, such as his cheek and hair. However, the overall integrity of Brenner's design remains intact. The inscriptions, including the pivotal minting year, are legible, though they may show signs of flattening.The reverse of the coin, showcasing the wheat ears design, holds a special allure. In Good to Very Good condition, the wheat stalks, though worn, retain their general shape and structure. The 'VDB' initials, a significant aspect of this coin's story, are still visible, albeit with some wear. This wear does not detract from the coin's value; rather, it adds a layer of authenticity and historical resonance.

    The 1909-S VDB Lincoln Cent in Good to Very Good condition is more than a coin; it is a piece of history, a tangible connection to an era of transformation in American coinage. It represents a time when numismatic artistry began to embrace real historical figures, and the Mint's practices were evolving. For collectors, this coin is not just an investment; it's a treasure, offering a glimpse into the past and the story of one of the most famous coins in American history. Its rarity, combined with its condition, makes it a highly prized and sought-after piece, a must-have for anyone passionate about the rich tapestry of U.S. coin collecting.

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    • Denomination: N/A
    • Year: 1909
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